Best family recreation spot

June 14, 2013 

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DARIN OSWALD — doswald@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

ZOO BOISE

355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 384-4260,

zooboise.org

It may not be San Diego, but Zoo Boise is a favorite place for Treasure Valley families. There's a lot to love about our modest zoo. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. A trip to Zoo Boise is fun, educational and entertaining for the entire family. And it's affordable.

Besides being able to see more than 200 types of animals, patrons can feed the giraffes and bear sloth, take the conservation cruise across the lagoon, get up close and personal with butterflies in the butterfly encounter, enjoy the wallaby walkabout, or go through the zoo farm.

Kids will love the giraffe slide and carousel or dropping their conservation coins in the vortex bank at the entry. The zoo is small enough to get through in a few hours, but interesting enough that you'll want to stay all day.

One of the best features of Zoo Boise is its commitment to conservation. A portion of your entrance fee, certain encounters and beverage purchases are donated to a conservation cause.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Bogus Basin, 16 miles north of Boise on Bogus Basin Road, 332-5100, bogusbasin.org

• Lucky Peak State Park, 74 Arrowrock Road, Boise, 334-2432, parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

• Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, parks.cityofboise.org

• Roaring Springs, 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian, 884-8842, roaringsprings.com

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